Bjørn Nyland Explores World’s Largest (?) EV Charging Parking Garage – Video

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APR 11 2017 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 23

Bjørn Nyland is on site in Oslo, Norway, behind the scenes at the area’s largest EV charging structure, and he’s pretty excited to share it with us. What EV aficionado wouldn’t be? It is perhaps the largest EV charging facility on the planet.

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50 kWh battery at the Oslo, Norway EV charging parking garage.

The multi-story parking garage is home to 100 AC Type 2 chargers and 2 DC fast chargers. Added to this, the EV charging monstrosity has its own dedicated 50 kWh battery and 50 kW inverter. It also supports Vehicle to Grid (V2G), so capable cars can send power back to the grid. Everything is controlled via the EuroPark app.

The Type 2 chargers are mostly of the 3.7 kW variety, but a few have been upgraded to 22 kW. The fuse box contains independent fuses for each unit, and it’s set up for simple upgradability, since all hardware is capable of running the 22 kW chargers. The plan is to upgrade all units in the near future. The control room also has plenty of room to add more equipment, including space for a few more batteries.

Nyland says that the battery is in place to assist during peak times, and it helps to deal with spikes, and balance out the load. He also explains that the additional battery space could accommodate used batteries from current EVs. So hypothetically, you could take a LEAF or Tesla battery, or any battery pack, and wire it into the system. It could easily be a battery pack that is larger than 50 kWh.

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3.7 kW AC Type 2 chargers

The EV charging station is in a prime location, near a grocery store, fitness center, food court, hotel, and stand alone restaurants. The building also has residential space. Nyland shared that the garage offers free EV parking overnight and at non-peak times, and to top it off, charging is free during certain times through 2019!

It comes as no surprise that the largest facility of this kind is in EV-friendly Norway.

Where do you charge? Is there a similarly equipped structure elsewhere? Is anyone aware if there is a larger location that we are unaware of? Please share in the comments section.

Video Description per Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

Vulkan parking garage is Norway’s largest and most advanced charging site. It features 100 AC Type 2 charging spots and two 50 kW DC with CCS/CHAdeMO. The AC charging stations are mostly 3.7 kW except for a few 22 kW. But later they will all be upgraded to 22 kW where the user can choose power. The whole charging garage has a whopping 800 kW available power.

The charging garage also has a 50 kWh battery pack and 50 kW inverter. This is to even out spikes and balancing phases. It can be expanded later to over 200 kWh. Each charging station also supports Vehichle 2 Grid (V2G) where EVs can send energy back to the grid if the car supports it.

Until the end of 2019, EVs can park and charge for free (3.7 kW) between 17:00 and 09:00 in weekdays and 17:00 and 11:00 in weekends. You need to download the EuroPark app. There is grocery store, gym, restaurant, food court, hotel and park nearby.

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23 Comments on "Bjørn Nyland Explores World’s Largest (?) EV Charging Parking Garage – Video"

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ffbj

Nice system.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“since all hardware is capable of running the 22 kW chargers. The plan is to upgrade all units in the near future.”

+1
Those 3.3KW chargers are just slightly better than trickle chargers…….lol

I wonder what they do to those who just camp their car there. You know, those who just top off after only a few miles and park for hours???

Terawatt

3.3 kW is very useful with the small-capacity cars whenever you park an hour or more. Helps you easily get through the day without having to go to a fast charger and wait around trying to kill the time, and since it’s free you save money as well.

They don’t do anything to those who charge even though they didn’t really need to, nor to those who park for hours – as long as they are within the regulated hours. The whole point of the policy is to make EVs more attractive than other cars, so until EVs become too numerous to be able to give them such fringe benefits people are simply meant to be exploited!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

lol…
I’m used to the US here where there are 2-3 chargers at a location where there are 1200+ people and a PiP is plugged in all day in one of them.
😛

Stimpacker

Yup, PiP are the most annoying vehicles ever. They just love to hog charging stations at malls and office workplaces. Never leave when full.

Mister G

I saw a non PiP at a charging station with charging cable stuffed into gasoline port lol. People will always try to game the system.

Eric Cote

What good does a 22kW EVSE do if the majority of today’s EV’s only have a 3.3kW or 6.6kW on board charger?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

You can flip that around and ask, what good is the Bolts 80KW charge rate when the majority of DCFC’s are 50KW or less?

I haven’t encountered an EVSE that couldn’t charge at those 3.3KW – 6.6KW step rates yet. All still support those slower charge rates.

Tesla has 20KW (Dual 10K) AC Level2 onboard chargers.

Both sides of the coin benefit…….IMHO

Eric Cote

All fair points. To be clear, upgrading is good in general, I just didn’t share as much initial excitement for the short term.

unlucky

22kW AC charging capability is not unheard of in Europe. Some of the Renaults have it.

Someone out there

Because the world is not static. I’m glad that EVSE manufacturers don’t go “what good is 22 kw when every car can only handle at most 6kw? Let’s just make 6kw chargers!” and then EV manufacturers go “what good is 22kw when every EVSE out there only delivers 6kw? Let’s stick to 6kw!”

Knut Erik Ballestad

Lot’s of cars can (at least partially) take advantage of 22kW (400V, 3-phase, 32A) chargers.
– Nissan Leafs with ‘double’ chargers can draw 6.6kW.
– BMW i3 can draw 11kW.
– Ford Focus Electric can draw 6.6kW
– Hyundai IONIQ Electric can draw 6.6kW
– Kia Soul Electric can draw 6.6kW
– Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive can draw 11kW.
– Renault Zoe can draw 22kW
– Tesla Model S/X can draw 11/16.5/22kW depending on charger setup

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Hey!
What type of connectors are those on the chargers?

Terawatt

What type of connector do you think is on the type 2 chargers..? Well, you couldn’t have guessed, but it’s type 2.

The DCFCs are CCS and CHAdeMO.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Mennekes, gotit!

MaartenV-nl

Last week I parked in the parking garage of the city hall of The Hague, Netherlands. There was a sign “36 chargers, that way”.

The weird thing is those chargers aren’t even announced anymore. It is becoming normal to have them in public parking garages.

Knut Erik Ballestad

Yes, I was in a parking garage in central Oslo last week (Tjuvholmen garage). There they were in the process of installing ~50 Type2 chargers – just like that, no announcements etc..

🙂

unlucky

Apple’s ridiculously outsized campus in Cupertino is supposed to have 300 EVSEs. It opens this month I think.

This one is quite large. I wonder how it gets its use. Are people using it frequently as their sole charging source or is it just opportunistic charging.

As to the 3.7kW limit, I don’t like it either. But you have to understand a lot of EVs in Norway are crummy NEVs like the G-Wiz and such. They don’t get much advantage from higher power. It probably makes sense to have a fair number of 3.7kW chargers.

EV Livin'

The South Coast Air Quality Management District building in Diamond Bar (southern California) is almost done installing ~90 L2 chargers. Most are already in use. I think ultimately they will have the ability to automatically throttle back charging throughout the day if the electrical load gets too high. Not ideal, but a necessary and practical solution in some cases to manage electric load. Lots of solar at this site as well as a DCFC, hydrogen fueling station, and cng fueling station.

Mister G

NICE…in my backwards state of FLORIDUH…your way of thinking is silly.

FreePat
Strange sizing but for sure very interesting. For me there is a chargers hierarchy. You only need the lowest 3.7KW models for all places where you can plug during # 8h duration each time, typically at home at night or at the office car park during the day, this can reload 30KWH per 8h stay, which will cover for 2-3 days of my usual 65KM/day local commutes. At the other extremes you have the very long vacation trips where you need to drive # 1000KM per day a few days per year, consuming #275KWH of capacity at 130KM/H on the motorways with all family and lugguage on board. That requires >120KW Superchargers and the greater the better, so 350KW and more are welcome, so out of the #12h of daylight time per day you can keep at least 10h to actually drive the 1000KM, and waste <2h for recharging your battery, in the middle of nowhere… In between you have the public charging facilities that can use various interim fast charging standards, say 22KW or 50KW for the most popular. If you assume most drivers spens 10-15KWH per day for local commutes, a place where you'll stay parked # 1h… Read more »
FreePat

My previous remark for the strange sizing was not on the charging power that makes sense but the size of the local battery. 50KWH is nothing compared to the number of slots, as well as 200KWH. I would expect them to use much large batteries here, as in Tesla Superchargers already, so they could connect to the grid with a far lower power subscription than the sum of the sockets maximum power, and handle the rush hours using the battery. Optimum sizing is not simple here, but I would not put less than 1MWH if this is used to help charge the cars connected….

Eric Cote

Seems like the batteries are intended to trim peak loads. A 50kWh battery can trim 500kW of power demand over 6 minutes, assuming the battery is rated for a 10C discharge rate.

The battery is probably more than enough to meet peak load trimming if that’s the goal.